KEENE, N.H. - Jahmerikah Green-Younger scored a game-high 25 points, including a go-ahead layup with 1.2 seconds left, as Albertus Magnus College erased 72-64 and 80-76 deficits within the final ten minutes to beat the Keene State College men's basketball team 83-81 Tuesday night at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 1-4
- Albertus Magnus: 4-1
How It Happened
After leading for just 11 seconds in the opening 20 minutes, the Owls found their footing to begin the second half, as a 12-2 run turned a 55-47 deficit into a 59-57 lead with 12:16 to go. Keene State was not done, as a DeVon Beasley free throw and layup by Marcus McCarthy widened the gap to 67-60 just two minutes later, and that eventually became 72-64 after Nick Redden drilled a three and James Anozie scored inside with 9:32 remaining, but the Owls could not hold on and lost their third straight. Anozie had 15 points and eight rebounds in the second half alone and finished with 18 and 10, respectively, in the game. He made 7-of-13 from the field. Beasley connected on 6-of-10 from the floor and scored 17, while Marcus McCarthy (16) and Nick Redden (14) also scored in double-figures. Green-Younger scored 25 points while making 9-of-13 shots for Albertus Magnus. He also added two rebounds and two assists. Terry Dawkins scored 12 and was the only other Falcon in double-figures as AMC won despite shooting 37.7% overall to Keene State's 50.9%. The Owls were outrebounded 42-35, including 17-8 on the offensive end, and were outscored 23-11 on second chances.
A three-point play from McCarthy gave Keene State a 3-2 lead in the opening minute of the contest, but Albertus Magnus then went on a 13-4 run over the next five minutes to assume control and a 15-7 edge at the 14:22 mark of the first half. The Falcons did not trail again in the half, though the Owls did respond, as a pair of triples by Redden on consecutive possessions tied the game at 23 with just over nine minutes left. However, as soon as KSC came back, they found themselves in a hole again, this time their largest of the game, as AMC outscored Keene State 14-2 over a five minute span and led 37-25 with 4:53 left until the break. Trailing 42-31 a few minutes later, the home team chipped away over the final 1:49, scoring seven of the final nine points to trail 44-38 after 20 minutes.
A Beasley trey and inside bucket from Anozie in the opening minute helped KSC quickly chop five points off the lead right away to start the second half, but Green-Younger was again there for Albertus, as he answered with a five-point binge of his own to keep his team ahead. The Falcons still led 55-47 with about 15 minutes to go after a pair of free throws by Rob Tindley, but the next five minutes were all Owls, as they went ahead for the first time since the opening minute and extended the lead to seven after four points from Beasley and a bucket from McCarthy made it 67-60 with about 10 minutes to go. Five more points in a row for the home team later turned a three-point edge into a game-high 72-64 cushion following another three by Redden and an inside move for a layup by Anozie. The Falcons did not go away, as they scored the next five quickly and eventually drew within one on Dawkins' layup (75-74) with 4:20 remaining. KSC then committed three turnovers and eventually fell behind by one after Damian Grant's layup at the 2:25 mark, but appeared to take control again after a 5-0 burst, all on free throws, put the home team up 80-76 just over a minute later. Albertus Magnus missed their initial attempt on the next possession, but Green-Younger grabbed an offensive board and canned a three to make it a one-point game again with 55 seconds left. KSC turned the ball over on their next chance and then fouled Dawkins, who sank both to put AMC ahead 81-80. Down by one, Beasley was fouled with 16 seconds to go and sunk one free throw to tie the game, but Keene State could not get a stop on the visitors' final possession. Green-Younger dribbled the clock down and went to the basket, converting a floating layup with 1.2 ticks left to make it 82-81 and Keene State's desparation heave was well off the mark at the buzzer.
Inside the Paint
- The Owls, who entered the season 55-11 at home since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, have now lost all three games they have played at Spaulding Gymnasium this season. It was also KSC's first loss to Albertus Magnus after they won each of the previous two years, including 78-67 in Keene in a game the Owls led by as many as 22 two years ago.
- The Falcons, who entered as a 59.4% free throw shooting team, made 27-of-33 (82%) at the line while KSC finished at 16-for-26 (62%).
- All nine of Keene State's threes in the game came off the bench, with Redden making 4-of-8 and Beasley 3-of-7. KSC was 9-of-23 from long range as a team. Albertus Magnus made just 4-of-18 triples (22%).
- Keene State finishes their season-long four game homestand with a matchup against MIT on Saturday, November 30. Tip-off is at 1:00 pm.
- Albertus Magnus hosts Williams College on Sunday, December 1 at 2:00 pm.